When Is A Vehicle Considered Totaled?
When and whether a vehicle involved in a collision is considered “totaled” for first-party insurance purposes is an issue of great angst and confusion for most consumers.
We hear horror stories of older but functioning vehicles being “totaled” simply due to a bent frame or other seemingly minor or even hidden damage.
Even insurance professionals can get turned around navigating the maze of rules and regulations surrounding the act of “totaling” a vehicle under a policy. It neednt be all that complicated.
This article will hopefully help take the guesswork out of when a vehicle is to be deemed a “totaled” or a “total loss” and the resulting responsibilities and ramifications applicable to a salvage title vehicle.
We must first be clear on a matter of great importance: when and whether a vehicle involved in a collision is considered “totaled” for first-party insurance claim purposes and when and whether a vehicle is considered “salvage” such that it requires a salvage title brand by a states motor vehicle agency.